Steph tried out this inspirational romance for the RITA® Reader Challenge, but alas, it was not meant to be.
Here is the plot summary: What happens when an idealistic student nurse encounters an embittered army doctor in a stagecoach accident? How will she react when she learns her training didn’t prepare her for tragic reality? How will he, an army deserter, respond to needs when he vowed to never touch another patient? Can these two stubborn mules find common ground on which to work and bring healing to West Texas? And now, Steph’s review:
I am a huge inspirational romance fan, but there were several (okay slightly more than several) times that I nearly gave up on Doctor in Petticoats. Honestly, had it not been on the old Kindle, I would have probably thrown it across the room a time or two. This makes me sad, because the title gave me such hope that we’d be rehashing Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman (God, I love you Sully), which is so my idea of a good time. Alas it was not to be.
Our beautiful, plucky, shoots-better-than-most-men-and-can-hold-her-own-on-the-range-with-any-cowboy heroine, freshly back from YEARS at a fancy East Coast medical school decides within just a chapter or two that this crazy dream of hers of being a doctor is best left to the menfolk. Her evidence for that? A war-weary Army vet/doctor, scarred by his time in the military who attaches himself quickly to our heroine and uses her “strength” (which I gather has something to do with looking in her eyes) to get past the pain and perform medical procedures. After seeing his ability with a scalpel (when she’s staring at him of course) she decides to “just be his nurse” as his ability is far superior to anything her womanly hands can manage, even though she just graduated medical school and he’s been wandering AWOL, not practicing medicine for years.
And as if it can’t get any better, the author’s sets up for her next novel with an incredibly frustrating subplot about our heroine’s sister, who marries and procreates with a lazy, delusional creep whom she refuses to leave because a girl’s gotta stand by her man. Alas, I am certain that we will have to wait until a great and tragic death falls upon creepy husband before she can move on to the hot, hardworking pioneer man that has appeared by the novel’s end. But that is a plot left best to book two.